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Ayr: Scottish Champion Hurdle Stats
Tue, Apr 9th, 2013

The Scottish Champion Hurdle is the main supporting event on Scottish Grand National day. The event is traditionally run in late April. It is Grade 2 limited handicap run over 2 miles.

Overturn won this in 2011 and was runner up in the Cheltenham equivalent twelve months later but the event has declined somewhat since its heydey in the 1970s when the likes of Birds Nest, Sea Pigeon, Night Nurse and Comedy of Errors feature on the roll of honour. The last Scottish Champion Hurdle to have also also achieved victory in the Champion Hurdle was Alderbrook, the winner at Cheltenham in 1995.

Captain Christy won the race in 1973, the year before winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup as a novice.

Scottish Champion Hurdle Stats

Starting Price: 3 winning favourites in the last decade. One 40-1 winner and rest priced at 8-1 or less.

Form: 4 of the last 10 won last time out.

Rating: Winners rated between 130 and 146.

Weight: 9 out of 10 carried 10-13 or less.

Age: last 5 winners aged 7 or less.

Scottish Champion Hurdle Winners 2003-2012

Year

Form

Winner

LTO

Trainer

Age

Wt

OR

Jockey

Odds

FoF

2012

1310

Raya Star (IRE)

36

King, A

6

11-6

143

Thornton, R

15-2

6

2011

F37

Sanctuaire (FR)

85

Nicholls, P F

5

10-8

144

Walsh, R

9-2

1/P

2010

443211

Overturn (IRE)

23

McCain Jnr, D

6

10-7

130

Murphy, T

4-1

1

2009

120

Noble Alan (GER)

72

Richards, N G

6

10-5

139

Condon, D J

17-2

5

2008

6101

Border Castle

26

Haynes, A B

7

9-13

140

Scholfield, N

40-1

2

2007

41

Emmpat (IRE)

11

Swan, C F

9

10-7

134

Casey, D J

100-30

2

2006

77122

Noble Request (FR)

14

Hobbs, P J

5

10-9

143

Johnson, R

7-2

9

2005

266111

Genghis (IRE)

7

Bowen, P

6

10-11

137

McCoy, A P

5-2

1

2004

3403

Copeland

16

Pipe, M C

9

10-1

141

Moore, J

8-1

2,3

2003

3F346

In Contrast (IRE)

32

Hobbs, P J

7

10-13

146

Johnson, R

2-1

3

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